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Ohio Children Need the Extra Help that Summit Academy Schools Provide

Parents want their children to enjoy school and feel successful. They are the first to know when their children are struggling. Parents feel their children’s anguish caused by missing homework, losing focus, poor study skills, disorganization, performing below grade level, and having trouble with making or keeping friends.

If you live in Ohio and your child has Asperger’s Syndrome or AD/HD, Summit Academy may be the right choice. Summit Academy is a FREE, non-profit Public Community School for students in kindergarten through 12th Grade. With 26 schools in 14 communities throughout Ohio, Summit Academy offers smaller class sizes with hands-on, engaging learning groups. The solid academic curriculum includes targeted social skills training as well as Therapeutic Martial Arts and it is fully aligned with the State of Ohio Content Standards.

Summit Academy is a safe and nurturing environment that promotes family involvement. Summit Academy teachers understand the specific academic and social challenges that students with Asperger’s Syndrome and AD/HD face every day, using proven classroom accommodations and intervention strategies.

As the parent of a new student wrote, “I wondered how I was going to find a school that would help (my daughter) learn and grow while helping her channel some of that energy into something positive. From day one, the teachers and support staff went out of their way to make (my daughter) feel welcome and to answer all of my questions. I love how proactive they are in getting the parents involved. The small class sizes and constant supervision is what makes this school unique.”

Another parent recently wrote a college essay about her four children’s educational opportunities at Summit Academy: “Now since I have all my kids in Summit Academy Schools, they get the full attention they need and deserve. Now it is your turn to make the right choice for your child’s future.”

One mother posted this comment: “My daughter started this school on Monday and I am so impressed…She has never liked school and she now loves it. In just 4 days, I have seen her self-esteem roar…Thanks, Summit Academy…Keep up the good work!”

If your child needs a better place to learn, please visit our website at and find the school closest to you. Download and fill out the enrollment form, then call the school to set up a tour. Or call 800-442-5753 to contact our 24-hour information line.


Anonymous said...

I wish they had a school like this in Louisville, KY. We have a Summit Academy but it is a private school with a hefty price tag.

Anonymous said...

there is a scholorship call they Mccay scholorship that you might qualify for. It is federal not state so you may find it easier to get.

Anonymous said...

My daughter attends a similar school in FL - Pepin Academies. I am relocating to PA - does anyone know a similar school there?

Anonymous said...

My son attended Summit Academy in MA and we loved it. The staff/teachers were fantastic. They totally understood my son an instead of making us feel like he was a bad kid like so many other teachers/staff from public schools, they understood that his behaviors were a result from AS. They helped in tremendously in areas like social skills and coping skills. He gained so much from there and is no back in public school. Unfortunately we hit some road blocks but he is doing well. His teachers this year have been very helpful.

Anonymous said...

I just read the article on Summit Academy. My daughter attends a similar school - Pepin Academies in Tampa, FL. We are relocating to PA and I wanted to know if there are similar schools there. Please help!

Joy Spencer said...

I'd be curious as to the ages of the children represented in those good reports. My son attended the high school 3 years and it was a disastrous interim director the first year that so intimidated my son chasing him up to a 3rd floor - in full "flight" mode as Aspies are prone to, and entrapped at a dead end hallway, my son tried to escape by dropping over the railing's edge...which would have been a 3 floor drop! And yet the guy didn't even understand re stimming, etc. I tried to work with them for 3 full years - in spite of their special ed folks not knowing WHAT a behavior plan was or how to implement it, an English teacher (previously 18 years in special ed) who had 32 working clocks on her wall and yet didn't understand why her class had more behavioral incidents than the rest of the school combined... and they allowed it! Them ONLY offering core subjects which did not meet the academic needs of higher functioning (and smart) kids, and then their finally stating they were no longer going to offer social graduation even though they had not adequately provided him transition services. RUMOR has it things are changing for the better at the school - TIME WILL TELL! (I will say elementary & middle school issues were not as pronounced....and as an area support group leader, I hear it all!)

Emily said...

Also try Minnesota Life College (MLC), is a not-for-profit, vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders. Since 1996, MLC has been dedicated to helping our students make a successful transition to independent living and financial self-sufficiency. Our students are involved in a challenging vocational and independent living curriculum with an emphasis on “Real Skills for Real Life™..” Students have the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. We give students the opportunity to learn the skills they need to know in the real world.

Anonymous said...

My son has been at Summit Academy since 2nd grade and is going into SA high school in the fall. We have had nothing but GOOD experiences with SA, our school, the staff, therapists, specialists, et al. I am SO glad we found this school.

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